Top 10 Best Castles in Britain

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Britain is famous worldwide not only for most expensive houses, luxurious streets but also for best historical monuments. In the following list we compiled top ten best castles in Britain.

 

Tower of London

Tower of London is considered to be one of the most popular and iconic tourist attractions located on the north bank of the River Thames. Built by William the Conquerer to protect London and assert his power in 1078 the Towers role has been as a fortress, palace and prison as a royal residence, an armoury, a treasury, a menagerie, a public records office, and - most famously - a prison. Edward V and Richard of Shrewsbury (The Princes in the Tower), Anne Boyeln, William Wallace, Thomas More, Lady Jane Grey, Guy Fawkes and Rudolph Hess are all former prisoners.


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Tower of London – a historical castle and the symbols of royalty- One of the main reasons to pay a visit to the Tower is to have a chance to see the working collection of Crown Jewels in which there are 23,578 including one of the world's most famous diamonds


Top 10 Best Castles in Britain: Tower of London

 

Windsor Castle

As a medieval castle and royal residence in Windsor in the English county of Berkshire, Windsor Castle is renown for its long association with the British royal family and its architecture. There are more than 1,000 rooms and covers 484,000 square feet, making it the world's largest occupied castle.


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Windsor Castle is regarded as the world's largest occupied castle with more than 1,000 rooms covering 484,000 square feet


Alnwick Castle


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As England's second-largest inhabited castle, Alnwick has been home to the Earls and Dukes of Northumberland since the 14th century. It is also famous for its appearances in the Harry Potter films


Warwick Castle


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Warwick Castle is a medieval castle later used to hold prisoners taken by the Parliamentarians. In 1068, William the Conqueror built this castle as a wooden motte-and-bailey fort, but was rebuilt in stone in 1260


Kenilworth Castle


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Kenilworth Castle is described "the finest surviving example of a semi-royal palace of the later middle ages, significant for its scale, form and quality of workmanship"


Bamburgh Castle


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Bamburgh Castle was ever home to the kings of ancient Northumbria. The fort has existed on the site of Bamburgh Castle since prehistoric times and may have been the capital of the British kingdom of the region


Caernarfon Castle


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Caernarfon Castle, a medieval building in Gwynedd, north-west Wales became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986


Bodiam Castle


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As a 14th-century moated castle near Robertsbridge in England, Bodiam Castle was built to defend southern Britain from French invasion. However, the moat is considered as an ornamental rather than a defensive feature


Edinburgh Castle


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Edinburgh Castle is a fortress dominating the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position atop the extinct volcanic Castle Rock. It is notable for the 881-year-old St Margaret's Chapel, the Scottish crown jewels, and Mons Meg, the 16th-century Great Hall, a giant medieval siege weapon


Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle dates back to 1119 on two small islands in the middle of a picturesque lake, Leeds Castle - five miles from Maidstone, Kent. In 1278, this castle became a royal palace under Edward I as he improved the castle, adding a barbican, drawbridge and portcullis. After that, in 1512, Henry VIII extended the castle further for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.


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Leeds Castle is now a historic monument and a leisure destination in the county of Kent with an aviary, a maze, a grotto, a golf course and what may be the world's only museum of dog collars

 

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This article was published on 2011/07/01